20 TV Shows Recreated With Peeps

1. Downton Abbey

This diorama is titled The Peeple of Downton Abbey by Tonya and Angela of Maplewood, Minnesota. The dollhouse-inspired scene shows four different rooms with marshmallow characters.

The entire cast is lined up for their portrait in this version called Peepton Abbey by Caroline Chase, Valerie Boyle, and Daniel Boyle. There were more Downton Abbey scenes in Peeps than I could keep up with, but you can see a couple more good ones here and here.

2. The Walking Dead

The gruesome AMC show The Walking Dead makes a great diorama with the help of raspberry jelly and red licorice. This scene by Loren Sciurba of Alexandria shows Shane escaping a hoard by shooting Otis and leaving him to distract the zombies.

What detail! Other Walking Dead dioramas are found at the Denver Post and the Pioneer Press. And I like this one featuring Darrel with his crossbow, although I can't seem to find the original artist.

3. Pee Wee's Playhouse

Pee Wee's Playhouse was an ultra-colorful kids show that still looks good in candy. Rebecca Cohen and Emily Salomon made this scene.

4. Game of Thrones

Epicurious posted a series of Peep scenes illustrating the HBO series Game of Thrones.

5. The Simpsons

There are a lot of Peep versions of The Simpsons, as the yellow characters are easy to depict. The best photograph of a Simpsons scene in Peeps is from a student team consisting of John Dern, Kim Moore, Allegra Williams, Cady Clas, and sophomore Chelsea Burke. It was a semifinalist in the Washington Post contest in 2007.

6. Dexter

A Peepisode of Dexter is a Peeps version of the serial killer series Dexter. Another contest entry depicts the same scene.

7. The Voice

The Voice is a talent show that's overtaken American Idol in popularity. As you can see in this diorama from Megan Lowell, Jessica Doody, and Dana Lowell, the judges select the best voices without seeing what the contestants look like.

8. Real Housewives

A soap opera diorama was submitted to the Washington Post contest this year by Talula Cordero. There are several Real Housewives series, but this one was custom-titled The Real Peep Wives of Dupont Circle.

9. Iron Chef

Is a cooking competition show rendered in food just too meta? Iron Chef turned into Iron Peeps in this Washington Post entry by Nancy, Katie, and Julie Eggar. The accessories are dollhouse furniture or handmade from clay. See another version of the same show in the Denver Post competition.

10. Nip/Tuck

The plastic surgery drama Nip/Tuck was depicted in the 2009 diorama Peep/Tuck by Jennifer Storozuk, Kathleen Lyons, and Karen James.

11. Arrested Development

This title scene from Arrested Development was submitted to the Washington Post by thuytut.

12. The Price is Right

Game shows lend themselves well to Peeps, especially those with big, gaudy sets and contestants in costume, like The Price is Right. Kay Martinez, Maree Martinez, Stacey Rathbun, and Cynthia Abernathy created this in 2009. See this Peeps game in action at YouTube.

13. The Muppet Show

Muppets are colorful and tempting to recreate in miniature marshmallow form. Shown here are Muppets by Anna and Thalia Biglen. Another diorama has The Muppets posing in the show's opening sequence. Yet another version of the marshmallow Muppets is based on a movie, but it's worth a look.

14. Twin Peaks

Another submission to the Washington Post, this version of the David Lynch series Twin Peaks came from Hollys Bears.

15. The Monkees

A tribute to the 1960s TV series The Monkees was entered into the Pioneer Post competition by bboard61.

16. The Twilight Zone

The classic Twilight Zone episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" starring a very young William Shatner inspired this Peeps scene by Allie Berg and Jonathan Herr in 2009. The black and white effect is part of the work; this was not altered after the photograph was taken.

17. Hee Haw

The long-running country music and comedy series Hee Haw becomes Peep Haw in this diorama. Karen McCoy's entry became a semifinalist in the 2007 Washington Post competition.

18. Swamp People

The series Swamp People is a reality show following the trials of bayou alligator hunters. In this scene from Michele Overton and Susan Anderson they are shown surrounded by marshmallows with hungry alligator faces. Another version showed up in the Pioneer Press competition.

19. Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Kim's wedding was memorialized in marshmallow, by Carolyn Polinsky and Emily Dunne. The title is, of course, Peeping Up with the Kardashians.

20. Batman

The 1960s TV series Batman is recreated here under the title Peepman and Boypeep Speed to the Peepmobile to Feed the Parking Meter. Liz Roberts made this in 2007 and made finalist in the WaPo contest. Note the "bat signal" that throws a Peep shape, and the parking meter showing its teeth!

See more Peeps dioramas at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Dallas-Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, the Denver Post, and The Washington Post.

George Barratt-Jones, Vimeo
This Crafty Bicycle Can Knit a Scarf in 5 Minutes
George Barratt-Jones, Vimeo
George Barratt-Jones, Vimeo

Knitting can be a time-consuming, meticulous task, but it doesn’t need to be. At least not if you’re George Barratt-Jones. As The Morning News spotted, the Dutch designer recently created a human-powered automated knitting machine that can make a scarf while you wait for your train to arrive.

The Cyclo-Knitter is essentially a bicycle-powered loom. As you pedal a stationary bike, the spinning front wheel powers a knitting machine placed on top of a wooden tower. The freshly knitted fabric descends from the top of the tower as the machine works, lowering your brand-new scarf.

Cyclo Knitter by George Barratt-Jones from George Barratt-Jones on Vimeo.

“Imagine it’s the midst of winter,” Barratt-Jones, who founded an online skill-sharing platform called Kraftz, writes of the product on Imgur. “You are cold and bored waiting for your train at the station. This pedal powered machine gets you warm by moving, you are making something while you wait, and in the end, you are left with a free scarf!”

Seems like a pretty good use of your commute down-time, right?

If you're a fan of more traditional knitting methods, check out these knitting projects that can put your needles to work, no bicycle required.

[h/t The Morning News]

6 Works of Art That Were Hiding in Plain Sight
An ancient angel mosaic on a wall of the Church of the Nativity
An ancient angel mosaic on a wall of the Church of the Nativity

Earlier this year, an 1820 facsimile of the Declaration of Independence turned up in Texas. Despite once being owned by James Madison, it had been shuffled among the papers of a family who eventually forgot about its provenance and came to consider it "worthless," at least until its recent authentication. As one of only 200 facsimiles created by printer William Stone, it was a rare document, but what made headlines was a curious footnote in the document’s journey: It had been hidden behind wallpaper during the Civil War as protection.

There’s something tantalizing about a precious object concealed by wallpaper or painted over; it suggests treasures might be hiding anywhere—maybe in our own homes. Here are a few stories of art that's been lost, and found, on the same wall, hidden beneath wallpaper, paint, and plaster.


Conservators who began restoring the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in 2013 after centuries of neglect were prepared to clean its mosaics from years of soot and grime. They weren’t expecting to find new ones.

Using a thermographic camera, one restoration worker noticed a shape in the plaster walls. When the team started chipping off the material, they found the brilliant glow of mother-of-pearl tiles. Soon an 8-foot-tall angel was revealed, dressed in a flowing white robe, its golden wings and halo as luminescent as when they were installed in the Crusades era. It’s believed that the angel was covered up following an 1830s earthquake, perhaps to hide damage. Now the lost seraph (above) has rejoined the procession of radiant mosaic angels who are walking to the nativity along the church’s historic walls.


Mediaeval wall paintings, Llancarfan church, Wales
Chris Samuel, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

During the Reformation, the murals in Catholic churches of the British Isles were often covered with plaster, turning them into more austere Protestant spaces. In covering them so entirely, this art was sometimes inadvertently protected from centuries of decay. In 2010, conservators announced an incredible find in the 800-year-old Church of St Cadoc at Llancarfan in Wales.

Church staff had long been intrigued by a thin red line of paint on the wall. After conservators began the painstaking work of removing 21 layers of limewash, a dramatic painting of St. George slaying a dragon appeared. The discoveries continued with scenes of other popular medieval motifs, such as the Seven Deadly Sins, a royal family, and "Death and the Gallant," in which a rotting corpse with a worm creeping in its rib cage leads an elegantly dressed man to his mortal end. The murals are now on view for all to enjoy.


Paul Gauguin, "Breton Girl Spinning"
Paul Gauguin, Wikimedia // Public Domain

Now at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, French artist Paul Gauguin's 1889 Breton Girl Spinning is an enigmatic fresco of a young girl dancing at a small tree. In one hand, she is spinning wool; in the distance, above the water and shapes of ships, a huge angel with a sword is flying. In part because of this angelic figure, the painting is sometimes called Joan of Arc.

The work was painted right on the plaster dining room wall of La Buvette de la Plage, an inn in Brittany, France. After being forgotten under layers of wallpaper, it and two other murals (one by Gauguin and one by his student Meijer de Haan) were rediscovered in 1924 during some redecorating.


While updating their kitchen around 2007, Lucas Asicona Ramirez and his family in the Guatemalan village of Chajul discovered some old interior design—Maya murals, hidden for centuries beneath the plaster.

The roughly 300-year-old artworks in the colonial-era home featured figures in both Maya and Spanish attire, representing a moment of European arrival. One may be holding a human heart, or possibly a mask used in a dance. Ramirez hopes to turn the room into a museum, but needs more funding. Other households in Chajul also have historic murals in their homes, and some are striving to conserve these memories of their ancestors even while local preservation resources are limited.


The 19th century British artist and writer William Morris is celebrated for his textiles, writing, wallpaper, and other work in the Arts and Crafts movement. The house in Bexleyheath, Kent, that architect Philip Webb designed for him and his wife Jane in 1859 was intended not just as a home, but an incubator for art. The "Red House" became a hub for like-minded artists, and Morris founded “The Firm”—which produced decorative objects such as stained glass and furniture—there in 1861 alongside several other artists. However, the Red House community was short-lived, and financial difficulties forced the family to move out in 1865, never to return.

When the National Trust acquired the house in 2003, they found that the group had left behind some of their artistic experiments. Behind a wardrobe, under layers of paint and wallpaper, the trust made a most extraordinary find: a full wall of almost life-size biblical figures. Researchers believe they were collaboratively painted by Morris, Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, his wife Elizabeth Siddal, and Ford Madox Brown, all of whom were major artists in the Pre-Raphaelite movement.


Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros had just been expelled from Mexico for his leftist activities when he arrived in Los Angeles in 1932. Local boosters commissioned him to create a mural on the theme of "Tropical America" on the touristy Olvera Street, which was an idealized vision of a Mexican market, but he had no interest in portraying some folkloric fantasy. “For me, 'America Tropical' was a land of natives, of Indians, Creoles, of African-American men, all of them invariably persecuted and harassed by their respective governments,” he said in a 1971 documentary.

His América Tropical: Oprimida y Destrozada por los Imperialismos, or Tropical America: Oppressed and Destroyed by Imperialism, was a moody landscape with gnarled trees clawing at a Maya temple. At the center, an indigenous man is crucified, with an American eagle ominously descending over his head. Innovative techniques such as airbrushing gave the tableau a visceral edge.

The 18-by-82-foot act of subversion was soon whitewashed. Still, many people did not forget it, especially as Siqueiros became recognized as one of the most influential of the early 1900s Mexican muralists. Eight decades after it was painted, the city of Los Angeles, along with the Getty Conservation Institute, began a restoration. The whitewash had protected its details from sun and rain and finally, in 2012, its defiant scene was again revealed to the public. It is now the oldest mural in L.A., and the only one by Siqueiros in its original location.


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